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Old 02-16-2013, 09:30 AM   #7
David Orange
Dojo: Aozora Dojo
Location: Birmingham, AL
Join Date: Feb 2006
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Re: Understanding "resonance"

Dan Richards wrote: View Post
When we tune the entire skin, then we can create an alive structure. Until we tune the skin, that's like beating on a drum with a very loose head "skin." Also known as a "dead" head.

Once the body, through the tuned skin, becomes a single structure - it begins to resonate even more.
This is interesting and I wonder what you've done with it?

I finally understood that the kotodama are involved with this type of thing, so that explains why O Sensei was so involved with them.

So how do you connect this with aikido, IS and so on?

Do you show this resonance in technique or examples?

A friend recently invited me to a tai chi class where the teacher talked a lot about ideas that have become very familiar to me, but he had no interest in having me feel what he was doing.

My friend asked what I thought and I said that all those ideas sound and feel great and they seem to be along the traditional Chinese MA lines...but in expecting me to jump into the class and follow his instructions, the teacher skipped on important step. I've gone to so many different martial arts classes in the past forty years: karate, aikido, judo, jujutsu, kenjutsu, ninjutsu, jukendo, tai chi, bagua, xing yi, generic "kung fu," and a wide range of homemade "styles" and systems and very, very few have failed to at least try to feel my level before trying to teach me. This was not the first time I have encountered this group and they seem rather cultish. So...the ideas can sound correct but turn out actually to be empty.

I explained to my friend that tai chi is fundamentally concerned with jin, beginning with peng jin and generating all the other 7 types of jin (ward off, roll back, press, push, split, etc.). If a teacher has no peng jin, then it's a actually a serious mistake just to train with him. And as I say, I've felt very few people who had any kind of jin who did not want to let you experience it to some degree. They're usually proactive about it and if a teacher is not proactive about letting a new person feel their jin, they tend to see it as a challenge if the new person proactively asks to feel jin. And I think this is really the same power we're discussing as IS or aiki. And the same dynamics of wanting to show and asking to see applies there. We see a marked difference in the teachers of old who were always willing to show and let others feel their power, and those of today who consider it an impudent insult to ask them to prove their mantle. They wear black belts and run classes, but if you really want to find some give-and-take of friendly "ju", they get white-wall eyes and make it clear that you are not to return to their holy dojo.

When you realize that the teacher is this way, it's best just to forget about them and move on.

So I'm asking how do you apply this resonance or is it just an interesting diversion?



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